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happened in and around the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, the night four americans were killed, including the u.s. ambassador. aman mohadin is in benghazi once again for us tonight. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. well, the investigation into the killing of the americans here in benghazi intensifies. today there was a powerful message for greater unity in the region as protests continued against the american-made anti-islam preliminary. ♪ >> reporter: a prayer for peace in the heart of the middle east. pope benedict holding sunday mass in front of 300,000 worshippers. his message? reconciliation and tolerance. but there was little of either today as the demonstrations continued. also in lebanon today hundreds took to the streets in an anti-american protest. in pakistan hundreds of protesters clashed with police after demonstrators broke through a barrier near the u.s. consulate in karachi. protesters set american flags on fire. more than 100 people were arrested in paris while hundreds more gathered today in london. in tunisia where the protests were the most
there. nbc's ayman mohyeldin is in benghazi tonight where he has an exclusive with the president of libya tonight about what happened. good evening. >> reporter: the details of the attack that killed the american ambassador and three others may not be clear. according to libya's president there is no doubt in his mind who is responsible for the attack. the charred remains of the u.s. consulate in benghazi. libya's president said today the attack was not the aftermath of a spontaneous outburst of street protests over an anti-islam movie. >> i have no doubts about this. it is a preplanned attack. very sinister. with criminal intentions. >> reporter: for the first time president mohamed magariaf said it wasn't just libyans involved in the attack. without giving details he said foreigners participated in planning and orchestrating the assault. >> we have assumptions and we have some information. and all the information that we have now leads to the same direction. >> reporter: one possible reason the u.s. was targeted -- revenge. earlier this year a u.s. drone strike killed one of al
attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. nbc's brian mooar has details. >> reporter: was the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya spontaneous or did terrorists use a protest over an anti-islamic film as cover? >> opportunistic extremist elements came to the consulate as this was unfolding. they came with heavy weapons, which unfortunately are readily available in post-revolutionary libya. >> reporter: libya's interim president says it was coordinated, but not by libyans. >> it was planned by foreigners, by people who entered the country few months ago. >> reporter: libyan officials say they've rounded up dozens of suspects. the fbi is hoping to deliver a definitive answer on what happened, but has been unable to reach the consulate in benghazi because it's still too dangerous. the waves of anti-american protests from north africa to asia appear to be ebbing, but critics of current u.s. policy say the protests are not the problem, they're a symptom. >> if we all decide to rally around the video as the problem, we are going to make a serious mistake. >> reporter: isra
current assessment is that what happened in benghazi was, in fact, initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in cairo, almost a copycat of the demonstrations against our facility in cairo, which were prompted, of course, by the video. what we think then transpired in benghazi is that opportunistic extremist elements came to the consulate as this was unfolding. they came with heavy weapons, which unfortunately, are readily available in postrevolutionary libya. and it escalated into a much more violent episode. obviously, that's our best judgment now. we'll await the results of the investigation, and the president has been very clear we'll work with the libyan authorities to bring those responsible to justice. >> was there a failure here that this administration is responsible for, whether it's an intelligence failure, a failure to see this coming, or a failure adequately protect u.s. embassies and installations from a spontaneous reaction like this? >> david, i don't think so. first of all, we had no actionable intelligence to suggest that any attack o
have available to us today, our current assessment is that what happened in benghazi in fact was initially a spontaneous reaction to what transpired hours before in cairo, almost a copycat of the demonstrations against our facility in cairo which were prompted of course by the video. >> there was a caveat there. she said the fbi was still investigating. but the thought was it was a spontaneous reaction. a couple of days before that, the libyan president said, no, in fact, al qaeda was behind this attack. and then days later, after ambassador rice is on this program and other programs, the president's spokesman jay carney says this. it is, i think, self-evident that what happened in benghazi was a terrorist attack. well, if it was self-evident, why didn't the president call this exactly what it was, an act of terror on the anniversary of 9/11? >> well, this is an event of great interest, obviously, to the public, to the news media. information was being provided realtime. obviously, you're going to know more two weeks after an event than a week after an event. and as ambassado
, that one in benghazi at the u.s. consulate. demonstrators are angry by the film, tried to burn it down. the u.s. state department says all staff have been accounted for. >> richard engel on this explosion of violence just today. thanks. >>> there's a new flare up between the u.s. and israel over iran. what seems to have set this off, recent remarks by secretary of state hillary clinton. she said the u.s. would not set deadlines or name so-called red line limits that can't be crossed concerning iran's nuclear activities. netanyahu of israel fired back today, saying those in the international community who refuse to put red lines before iran don't have a moral right to place a red light before israel. and we learned today, the president is not going to meet with netanyahu when he comes to address the u.n. here in new york later this month. >>> in the city of chicago, the third largest in our country, another day of no school and no options for parents and students there. the teachers strike has now stretched through day two. and again tonight, thousands gathered and marched in the downto
and continue to be pretty certain that there are going to be bumps in the road. >> reporter: but after benghazi, the u.s. ambassador to libya assassinated, three more americans murdered, with egypt run by islamists, syria out of control, mitt romney campaigning in colorado blames barack obama. >> these are not bumps in the road, these are human lives. these are developments we do not want to see. this is time for a president who will shape events in the middle east. >> reporter: in our presidential election, romney is trailing in colorado. and in ohio, a must-win state for him where he campaigns tomorrow. >> look, we're going to win. there's no question in my mind. we're going to win. >> reporter: six weeks to go. one reason president obama is limiting diplomatic time at the u.n. i'm steve handelsman, nbc news, washington. >>> iran's president had harsh words for israel and the united states during his address to the united nations today in new york. ahmadinejad accused the united states of shielding a fake regime, meaning israel. in reference to the anti-islam video produced in the u.s., he al
. >> the u.s. diplomat who loved libya but who was murdered there, his u.s. consulate in benghazi burned. >> there are no words that excuse the killing of innocents. there's no video that justifies an attack on the embassy. >> there was no sympathy from the president, but calls for a deeper look into the causes of anti-u.s. muslim rioting and demanded muslim leaders do more now. >> it is time to marginalize those who even when not directly resorting to violence use hatred of america or the west or israel as the central organizing principle of politics. >> reporter: iran's president ahmadinejad yesterday called for elimination of israel. >> make no mistake, a nuclear armed iran is not a challenge that can be contained. >> reporter: netanyahu publicly pushed mr. obama to threaten force against iran. he didn't. >> america wants to resolve this issue through diplomacy. and we believe that there is still time and space to do so. >> reporter: mitt romney was in new york say not enough good jobs in muslim nations leads to radicalism. he promised aid to promote private industry. >> nothing we ca
around the world for the four victims of the attack on the consulate in benghazi, libya, including ambassador chris stevens. >>> and there is political fallout as well. mitt romney taking heat from members of his own party for his criticism of the statement from the u.s. embassy in cairo following the initial demonstration there. this morning, we'll hear what president obama has to say about that. and we'll get reaction from republican senator john mccain. >>> we want to get right to nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel. he's in cairo for us once again. richard, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, savannah, from tahrir square. this the iconic place that became the scene of massive demonstrations from the united states, calling for more democracy. now, there is an ongoing clash here as some demonstrators are trying to attract u.s. embassy, which is right on the edge of this square and you can see fear gas being fired from egyptian security forces trying to keep the demonstrators away from the u.s. embassy wall. a similar scene today in yemen, as an angry mob a
is in benghazi this morning. >> the u.s. police have sealed the compound with the hopes of preserving any evidence that would be important as they try to piece together what happened that night. according to the libyan president, there is no doubt as who was behind this preplanned attack. he says there were foreign elements involved and suggesting that perhaps al qaeda-inspired militants may have played a role in trying to revenge the killing of its senior al qaeda member who was from libya. obviously, al qaeda has taken this opportunity. they are praising the embassy attack and are calling on miss lambs around the world and moving up security in other embassy buildings. and all across u.s. embassies in some critical countries, nonessential staff have been evacuated. so you get a sense of these protests they are calling for worldwide. >> thank you. and now here is jenna. >> lester, thanks. the outburst of violence across the middle east has the white house dealing with an international crisis now. a difficult balancing act for the president with less than two months to go until election d
the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi an act of terrorism? >> i have no doubt about that, and it's a preplanned act of terrorism directed at the american citizens. >> what is your evidence that it was a preplanned act of terrorism? >> number one is choosing the date. 11th of september has all the significance. if we take the facts about the way it was executed, you can see there's enough proof that it is a preplanned act of terrorism. >> describe the attack based on your investigation. >> it's too early for me to give the details about this, but it was launched with a high degree of accuracy which means that the perpetrators must have some kind of exercise on how to launch these rockets. >> you're confirming that rpg's were used in the initial attack. >> the attack. and mortars. >> mortars were used in the subsequent attack. >> subsequent, yes. >> and do you know how many mortars were used? >> about five, i think. >> and you're saying that these were fired with such accuracy -- >> yes. >> -- that this could not have been done with someone without experience? >> experience and kne
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